STORY OF JONAH. Set of 4 plates, complete. FIRST STATE, published 1585, unnumbered, shortened citations. Original design artist: Maarten de Vos [compare w. pl. 2 in the 1582 series “Jonah and the Whale” elsewhere on this site, claiming Theodor Bernard as the conceptual artist]. Original engraver: Antonius Wierix. Original publisher: Gerard de Jode. Reference: Hollstein 55.1 – 58.1 (Wierix). Clean and sharp impressions, uncut, with full margins on laid paper, lightly toned. Numbered in pen above the plate line, upper right, 206-209 (numbered according to de Jode’s 1585 Sacrarum historiarum Veterus et Novi Testamentum from which these plates came. Note: only 9 mostly complete books are extant). Each engraving size: 9.75″ x 7.4″. Full, uncut sheet: 13.5″ x 11″. Strong impressions. Richly detailed. This iconic series, based on the Book of Jonah, inspired countless artists over the centuries. Sets in two museum-quality portfolios (landscape). Sold as a set only. This is the original, first, and complete set. Very Rare.[Plate 1] God Sends Jonah. [Plate 2] Jonah Thrown Overboard. [Plate 3] Jonah Regurgitated. [Plate 4] God Repents.
Engravings set in two museum-quality Bifold Portfolios (landscape), of linen cloth and solk moire, within archival sleeves. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature, set in an Archival Booklet.